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  • Best in Britain Hednesford November 4th 2018-2018

    Best in Britain

    A wet November Sunday afternoon , 24 classic hot rods set to do battle.
    With visitors from Scotland and Ireland the Staffordshire oval of Hednesford Hills Raceway was about to be alight with the sound of classic hot rods
    From Scotland we had 871 Graeme Callender , Trevor Harris fellow Scot was unable to finish repairs to his car ,however he did receive the Neil Edwin most improved driver of the year trophy (which was delivered by Graeme).
    From Ireland the new 2018 Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan who also raced at the track last month taking on heavy frontal from the armco turn three barrier when his throttle stuck open.
    Joining him 976 Clive Richardson and Davey McCall (ex national hot rod four time world champion ),now taking his position in the classic hot rods . Davey is the promoter of DMC Tully-roan oval which promote classic hot rod racing in the Emerald Isle. He turned out a fresh white mk2 escort a car which caused a lot of interest pre race.

    More new starters in the formula 93 Nick Ross in the ex 57 Mike Oliver Talbot sunbeam, 02 Rich Adams in the ex Karl Dudley Jones mk 2 Escort and119 Dan Buckley the ex 144 Tim Foxlow car
    Never have I seen so many people join us in such a short space of time at classic hot rods.
    A championship race requires a drawn grid,the choice for groups of six .The later group being pretty much unchanged all day whilst the other grids would be reversed for the second heat.
    The points then accumulated would give us the highest points scorers to the front positions for the big race.
    The first six were send round to line up behind the control car, British points leader 555 Gavin Taber had been fortunate enough to draw pole position , alongside him 976 Clive Richardson,behind him in the first six 19 Anthony Morgan,871 Graeme Callendar,8 Darren Owen and 445 Graham Boyd.
    72 Gary Goodswin led the second pack away,922 Graham Legge next to him with 116 Adrian Taber,22 Shane Taylor and Andrew Willis A30 has rear gunner .
    The third pack of six led by 35 Dave Cushion , 236 Ryan Polley,121 Charlie Schembri,924 Stuart Wright,45 Craig Boyd and 20 Dave Fry.
    The fourth set of cars would be mostly static during the course of the day containing 209 Andy Lee,31 Steve Gooding,942 Davey Mc Call,119 Dan Buckley ,02 Rich Adams and 93 Nick Ross.

    209 Andy Lee in the last six made a great break and was soon in amongst the set in front .
    555 Taber was fighting hard on the inside but the power of Richardson on the outside was too much 976 Richardson was gone .
    19 Anthony Morgan made a good challenge but began to drop back leaving 555 Taber on his own in second .
    The chequered dropped and 976 Clive Richardson took victory with 555 Gavalar Taber second.
    Results
    976 555 19 922 45 942 236 8 116 871
    Heat two reverse grid ,20 Dave Fry and 45 Craig Boyd come to the pole positions . The rear group remaining as was in heat one,31 Gooding in that group penalised for late arrival .
    20 Fry in his Ford popular was first away and the veteran of the formula had hit good form although under pressure from the younger blood of 45 Craig Boyd .
    Boyd slid outwards has 121 Charlie Schembri went under and up to second , now third Boyd was under pressure from the second Austin A40 of Rhino Ryan Polley 236.
    Half way and 19 Morgan with 976 Richardson staying close had moved up to 3rd and 4th respectively.
    The closing lap got fry caught up in back markers , Richardson found a way round the outside and took victory.
    The Grand Final time championship race for the Best in Britain a fast fuelled race lies ahead !
    Front row the double heat winner 976 Clive Richardson,outside the newly crowned Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan .25 laps the distance ,
    19 Morgan and 976 Richardson were going for it from the drop of the flag,Morgan locked on the side of the x pack of Richardson all the way around the first corner.
    Morgan took the early lead,976 Richardson was soon back up on the inside line forcing 19 Morgan wide,there was no room between the two again. Morgan then dropped down the grid has others moved up.
    The race had progressed the last lap board was out, Richardson was on his way to victory, Boyd was set for second, Taber a safe third and victory for his season long battle of the English points .
    Congratulations to 976 Clive Richardson a treble winner on the day and the 2018 Best in Britain Champion.
    Congratulations also go to 555 Gavin Taber the new English points champion 2018.
    Race report Andy Hankin .


  • Lochgelly 9 6 2018-2018

    Hardie Race Promotions Lochgelly , the oval race circuit well worth a visit, I will make mine one day. Absolutely a well prepared oval with cracking race lines will always provide fast superb racing.

    With a steady development of classic hot rods in the area , two local John Mcfarlane and 247 have sold their cars on whilst they build fresh stock which will push the local turnout into double figures .

    Practice sessions pre meeting often produce a few issues , for

    58 Mike McCain a head gasket issue and 158 Alec Wilson a differential problem.

    Heat one a dry track and a fair ensemble of fine tuned classic hot rods, a few instillation laps and a loss of 523 Matt Mcpherson form the line up. A rolling start and a good start for 756 Spence in the Talbot sunbeam , 116 Adrian Taber gave chase but soon dropped back down the field.

    26 Jock Campbell moved up into the second spot and hunted down the lead car.

    A battle was developing at the rear with 232 Brett Sneddon who was fending off a charging 17 Kenny Purdie ( who had put a lot of time in to get the car back on track). Trevor Harris went down after a few laps in the recently acquired Angle box.

    Jock Campbell 26 Wound the mk2 Escort up and found a way around the 756 of Spence , the Talbot of Spence seemed to puff a fair bit of smoke . Jock went on to take the chequered flag .

    Results ht 1 26 756 232 17 871 116 nof

    Heat number 2 and 523 McPherson makes the line up , Marc Spence in the ex McCade Talbot from the front makes the first move . Adrian Taber 116 has been busy in the pits and the car is much quicker and smoother . A few laps in an Purdie 17 has split from Sneddon and driving the car to its full potential ,

    Passing high side has he narrows down the lead car . 871 Grahame Callender has become Brett232 Sneddons sparring partner this time has they dance corner to comer on the slick tyres.523 McPherson retires into the safe area , Jock 26 , is trying to get there for a second win . We are half way and again there’s smoke signals from the leader .It looks like when the car gets warm its either over fuelling or there is a leak of oil down onto the exhaust . Either way the power is still on , its not causing any issues . Marc Spence is maintaining his lead , a quick check in the mirror and 17 Purdie has found a way around Jock . Just in time before the pressure rises the flag drops and Marc Spence takes victory in heat 2.

    Results756 17 26 232 871 116 12 nof

    Final time for Lochgelly , this a double header weekend for the stadium , we have had the pleasure of joining them on this reasonably fair weathered Saturday night. The classic hot rods although few are getting there , the racing is tight and the roar of the 2lt engines a sound of absolute delight .

    58 Alec Wilson joins the field of cars the differential issues looks to be sorted .

    Marc Spence again is first away and the chase begins , 116 Adrian Taber starts to drop back a little , there are two major battles now emerging . All eyes are at the rear of the field , side by side lap by lap 282 Brett Sneddon and the king of Carlude 17 Kenny Purdie on the outside. These two are at it hammer and tongue the crowd are cheering them on , paint is being exchanged , Sneddon catches hold on Purdie and they both hold on . Meanwhile its chuvitt v Escort at the front on the tail of the Talbot , which again is puffing out smoke signals and sounding like a valve is not quite sitting well.

    Three car battle now at the front they are on Spence’s tail down into turn two the straight ahead and the chuvitt of Wilson pulls in on Jock in 26 who catches the rear quarter and fires him up and over turn three curb the yellows are out .

    Earlier stages have seen 971 Callender retire with engine issues and 523 McPherson had to pull up again , we hope he can get those issues sorted with his car before the next meeting and 12 Trevor Harris out on the opening laps.

    A 2 lap dash to the line remains , Marc Spence 756 holds on to the lead and takes the flag , Sneddon and Purdie duel away . Spence makes heat and final.

    Result 756 26 232 17 116 not .

    Thanks to Laura  McIntosh for the footage , Craig Duncan for photos and notes on the day and all the drivers with their pit crews for some superb racing.

    Report compiled by Andy Hankin CHR PR.